Scientology's snitching culture: Jefferson Hawkins explains the 'Knowledge Report' - 2014-01-02
Jefferson Hawkins was once the top marketing executive for the Church of Scientology and helped it reach its greatest extent with the famous "volcano" TV ads in the 1980s. He's told his tale of getting into and out of the church with his excellent books Counterfeit Dreams and Leaving Scientology, and he's helping us understand the upside-down world of Scientology "ethics."
One of the things we've tried to do, in our radio and television interviews, is make people understand what a paranoid culture of snitching that Scientology promotes among its members. It's really something that the rest of the media rarely ever explains, but we think it's one of the most characteristic results of L. Ron Hubbard's "ethics" rules. This week, in our ongoing series, Jeff helps us see where that idea of turning in your friends, family, and neighbors comes from.
JEFFERSON: this week we're having a look at Chapter 9 of Introduction to Scientology Ethics, "Ethics Reports." This is a short chapter, but a vital one in the overall system of Scientology ethics. This is where Scientologists are taught to report on each other.